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    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I see wildlife?

A: There are reliable locations where many of the park's wild animals may be seen, but never fed by humans.

Q: Where can I walk with a stroller or use a wheelchair?

A: Accessible trails are available at Coyote Valley, Sprague Lake and Lily Lake.

Q: Is Trail Ridge Road Open?

A: Trail Ridge, the highest road in any US National Park (12,183'), is generally open seasonally from the last weekend in May through mid-October. Current road conditions.

Q: Where can I camp?

A: The park has five campgrounds. Two take reservations, and the others often fill early in the day during the summer.

Q: Where can I hike to see beautiful lakes and waterfalls?

A: You can view high mountain lakes and waterfalls, or hike to scenic mountaintops, at these suggested locations.

Q: Where can I walk with my dog?

A: Dogs must be leashed and are only allowed out along roadside pullouts and developed park areas (like campgrounds and picnic areas). Please see our pets page.

Q: Where can I backpack and camp in the park's backcountry?

A: The park has more than 200 backcountry sites. A permit is required for overnight camping in the backcountry.

Q: Where can I call to find out about current park conditions?

A: First look at today's report about road, weather and park conditions. Then there are a few numbers which you may call.

Q: What are some good winter hikes or snowshoe routes?

A: The east side of the park typically has poor winter skiing, but excellent winter snowshoes and hiking options.

Q: What trees occur in the park? Mammals? Fish? Birds? Amphibians and reptiles? Exotic Plants? Butterflies and moths?

A: On-line lists are available of park trees, mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles, exotic plants and butterflies.

Q: What should I know about being safe around park bears, mountain lions, and lightning storms?

A: Especially if you have small children or will be hiking above treeline, there are some things which can make your visit safer.

Did You Know?

male Western Tanager with red head and yellow body

The male Western Tanager, with red head and yellow body, stands out brightly in the dark conifer forest.